Cooked To Perfection: Has All The Waiting Made Alfa Romeo's M3 Competitor This Good?

2016 New York Auto Show / Comments

Perfection takes time, meaning we'll get rewarded for our Giulia wait.

The Alfa Romeo Giulia is supposed to be the mainstream car that gets Americans into Alfa Romeo dealerships. But it's so late to its own homecoming party that the only hope we can hold onto is that the car will be like a fashionably late rock star that puts on a great show and makes the interim period worthwhile. Now, Alfa has given us a few more appetizers of information about trim levels on the Giulia to keep us hungry and curious.

We already know about the epic top-of-the-food-chain Quadrifoglio that will come with a Ferrari-derived twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 with 503 hp of grunt, but the two bottom-feeding trims also have some cool features to boast. Both will get standard features that highlight the sportiness of the car with a flat bottom steering wheel, keyless start, and a seven-inch driver information display between analogue gauges. The entry level Giulia gets a 6.5-inch infotainment screen while the higher up Giulia Ti gets an 8.8-inch screen. Both of these share the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-banger with 276 horsepower. The Q4 all-wheel drive models have the ability to send up to 60% of the engine's power to the front in case of emergency situations.

To personalize the car, buyers can choose between Sport, Luxury, and Performance specs of the car and have 13 color options to pick from. Technology goodies include a rotary dial to control the infotainment system, stop-start and cylinder deactivation while the performance parts bin has options like a SPARCO carbon fiber shell racing seat and carbon ceramic Brembo brakes. No word has been made about pricing but the car will compete with the BMW 3 Series, so expect to shell out similar dollar amounts. We can sufficiently say that Alfa Romeo has managed to whet our appetite for the Giulia (again), so we'll be happy to see the car again at the 2016 New York Auto Show next week.

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